Summer has finally arrived in DC!
I hung out with my sister and nieces at National Harbor the other weekend and enjoyed the weather on the water.
I love this season because I get an extra glow outside and inside. I get extra radiance and color on my skin from soaking in all the sunshine. And I get extra vibrance and nutrition from eating all the local fresh fruit and veggies in abundance now.
Fortunately, I also get to maintain a healthy glow all year long because of my whole foods vegan diet. And you can, too (if you're not already).
Here are the top 5 foods I recommend, and why, for naturally beautiful skin, hair and nails, and all-around vibrant health:
Dark green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, and Swiss chard are excellent sources of vitamins A and C, which your scalp uses to produce sebum, an oily substance that acts as a natural hair conditioner. Your body also uses vitamin A to keep your skin hydrated and supple. And dark green leafy vegetables like collards, mustards, and turnips are also the best sources of calcium, which are essential for strong and healthy nails.
The omega-3 and omega-6 oils in nuts like walnuts, flax seeds, and hemp seeds form a protective barrier for your skin, keeping it soft and blemish-free. These essential oils also help keep hair conditioned naturally. While you’re at it, eat pumpkin seeds, cashews, pecans and almonds for abundant amounts of zinc to prevent hair shedding. And don’t forget the Brazil nuts; they’re a great source of selenium, which promotes scalp health and helps protect your skin from free radical damage.
Beans are an excellent source of keratin, the type of strong, fibrous protein that forms skin, hair, and nails. Lentils are especially high in protein and should be eaten two to three times a week.
Whole wheat, like spelt, rye, oats and brown rice provide coenzyme Q10, a potent antioxidant that helps prevent free radicals from damaging your skin. On the other hand, the refined or enriched grains found in white bread, white pasta, and white rice are harmful simple sugars that can leach calcium, zinc and other vital nutrients from your body which can be seen in white spots and streaks on your nails.
The antioxidants and water content in fresh fruit improves blood circulation, which keeps the skin glowing, and prevents dry skin, wrinkles and other signs attributed to aging. Deeply colored fruit such as blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, oranges, and kiwi are all good choices. One small kiwi, in particular, contains enough vitamin C to meet your daily requirement. This is important to know because vitamin C also helps maintain the collagen and elastin essential for firm skin.
All great reasons to keep eatin vegan! :)
Are You Ready?
If you're ready to go all or more vegan and get healthy from the inside out, then email me to set up a consultation.
I'm accepting new clients for the summer and together we can design a custom-tailored nutrition plan to help you transform your diet with ease and confidence.
Now's the perfect time and I'd love to work with you! Email me today and let's get started.
Have an awesome rest of the week, fam!